Mpumalanga's pay-off line - 'A Pioneering Spirit'- is evident in the history and heritage of the Province. Mpumalanga has played a pivotal role in the development of South Africa and beyond. From a geological perspective, it was the ripping away of Antarctica and Madagascar at the Blyde River Canyon that caused the continent to tilt, upward, ridding it of the great inland sea that is now the Highveld. Mpumalanga has the oldest rock formations known to man, providing proof beyond doubt that this is the cradle of humankind.
But it is not only about the wonderful landscapes and wildlife - it is about the people that witnessed and shaped the development of this great land. The legends of King Solomon's Mines and Queen Sheba, supported by temples and astronomical observatories on mountain tops, point to an ancient civilisation that, to this day, is still not understood. The ancient communities that lived on floating villages in what is today known as Chrissiesmeer, South Africa's lake district, the pioneering gold diggers and wagon train drivers forging their way to Delagoa Bay, all helped define this pioneering spirit that makes Mpumalanga unique.
Spend a little time browsing through our unique history and heritage - and then come and visit us. And when you do, take the time to step off the beaten track and see for yourself why Mpumalanga is recognised as one of the most unique tourism destinations on earth.
Mpumalanga - A Pioneering Spirit
'Long Tom' cannon which played a devastating role in the Boer War
Baffling 'Vapour Trail' rock art near Bongani in Mpumalanga
Pilgrims Rest is a living testament to the heady gold rush days